MBA Awards $90,000 in Path to Diversity Scholarships

MBA NewsLink Staff

June 11, 2019

The Mortgage Bankers Association announced it awarded more than $90,000 in scholarships to 101 women and minorities under its Path to Diversity Scholarship Program during the first half of the 2019 fiscal year.

The scholarships recognize existing industry professionals from member companies who are seeking to advance their careers through MBA Education programs and courses.

"The Path to Diversity Scholarship Program is one of the many ways MBA is a leader in promoting a workforce culture of diversity and inclusion in the real estate finance industry," said Lisa Haynes, MBA Chief Financial and Diversity and Inclusion Officer. "We continue to see tremendous interest in MBA Education courses and the scholarship program, which gives the increasingly diverse professionals that make up our industry the skills and training they need to thrive and advance in their careers."

P2D scholarships were funded primarily by donations from the Research Institute for Housing America. Awardees receive a voucher to cover course registration fees, up to a maximum of $2,000, for MBA Education programs and courses.

To be eligible for the P2D scholarship, individuals must be currently employed by an MBA member firm or state MBA member firm and have two years of experience in the mortgage industry, or some equivalent in real estate finance experience or training.

Applications are evaluated based on a personal statement and a letter of recommendation, with bonus points awarded to applicants who are U.S. military veterans or disabled. Individuals are eligible to receive up to three awards during their careers, with no more than one award provided per calendar year.

A partial list of recipients consisting of those who wished to be publicly listed, appears below:

Akers, Terry-Ann, Newcourse Communications
Al-Abdullah, Maan, SunTrust Mortgage
Alcaraz, Ernesto, Alterra Home Loans
Amendola, Hector, Alterra Home Loans
Bailey, Joycelyn, Ally Bank
Berg, Todd, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
Black, Corletta, Cenlar FSB
Burgess, Kendall, SunTrust Mortgage
Castro, Cristian, Cenlar FSB
Catlett, Rebecca, SunTrust Mortgage
Clark-Keller, Carolyn, Union Home Mortgage
Cole, Toinette, Cornerstone Home Lending
Cutler, Chelsea, CBRE Capital Markets
De Luna, Joseph, DHI Mortgage Co.
Ferriman, Kathryn, PHOENIX
Fields-Moore, Michelle Antoinette, Cornerstone Home Lending
Findlay, Annette, Waterstone Mortgage Corp.
Geer, Nicole Aletha, HomeBridge Financial Services
Gill, Dawn, Bank of Oklahoma
Goulette, Megan, Black Knight
Hagerhorst, Paige, McLean Mortgage Corp.
Hannebrink, Anastasia, Safeguard Properties
Haridas, Rakhee, ClosingCorp
Hefton, Kristina, BOK Financial Mortgage
Hernandez, Rafael, Walker & Dunlop
Hewitt, Jatoya, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
Hill, Melissa, Alterra Home Loans
Jackson, Cassandra Lecheryl, Navy Federal Credit Union
Krings, Adam, MassHousing
Lane, Kianna, Cenlar FSB
Lesiewicz, Jason, Flagstar Bank FSB
Lopez, Adrian, KeyBank Real Estate Capital
Luo, Brad, Gregg & Valby LLP
Martin, Lori, SunTrust Mortgage
Mathias, Alex, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
Murakami, Brent, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
Murphy, Gwendolyn, Guaranteed Rate
Nakano, Quinn, Wells Fargo Bank
Nguyen, Vickie, Guild Mortgage Co.
Nicholson, Olivia, PHOENIX
Niemann-Davis, Sara, Pingora Asset Management
Okoth, Russell, Mr. Cooper
Petty-Saunders, Erica, Freedom Mortgage Corp.
Pilkington, Jessica, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
Pitman, Nichole, Idaho Housing and Finance Association
Porter, Lain, American National Insurance Co.
Reavis, Deborah, Gateway Mortgage Group LLC
Reed, LaTonya Renee, Cenlar FSB
Reid, Sherry, Cenlar FSB
Reyes, Robert, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
Scalf, Liss, Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago
Shah, Alvin, First Option Mortgage LLC
Sherrow, Rhett, Freedom Mortgage Corp.
Simpson, Susan, DHI Mortgage Co.
Sparks, David, Waterstone Mortgage Corp.
Stierwalt, Amy, Waterstone Mortgage Corp.
Treadway, Teri, Gateway Mortgage Group LLC
Tucker, Latasha, Mr. Cooper
Valadez, Travis, SWBC Mortgage
Washington, Stephen-Michael, LoanDepot
Watson, Beverly, Plaza Home Mortgage
Weissert, Emily, Wells Fargo Bank
Whitfield, Pamela, Tennessee Housing Development Agency
Wilkins Paul, Jean, Cenlar FSB
Yates, La Shionda, SWBC Mortgage
Zeng, Lin Fang, Cenlar FSB

MBA members can click!/donation/checkout to donate to the P2D program.

For more information on MBA's Diversity and Inclusion commitment, visit the Diversity and Inclusion Resource Center at

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